Among the many misinterpretations of Karl Marx’s writing, one of the most unfortunate is the distortion of Marx’s views on ecology. While some assume Marxism contributes nothing at all to the solution of ecological problems, others critique Marx as anti-nature.
In fact, Marx had a great deal to say about the trend towards environmental devastation under Capitalism, starting with the concept of the “metabolic rift”–the separation of humans from nature that cleared the way for industrialization.
This session will explore the ecological components of Marxism and the critical importance of these ideas for the environmental movement today.
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